Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Physicians for Human Rights in Israel Have Entered Gaza to Bring the World's Attention to the Ongoing Denial of Medical Care to Gazans
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel Update 9.1.08
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel delegation and emergency convoy of medical supplies enter , while Israeli High Court of Justice denies 8 life-threatening cases access to medical care.
A delegation of four Israeli members of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, including three doctors and PHR-Israels Clinic Manager, entered this morning.
At the same time, an emergency dispatch of medical supplies at a value of approximately US $ 40,000 was delivered by PHR-Israel into , for the purpose of distribution to Shifaa hospital in and the European Hospital in Khan Younis, both of which are suffering from severe shortages.
The objectives of the convoy are provision of limited medical aid, collection of information regarding the health impacts of the isolation of by and international policy-makers, and expression of solidarity with Palestinian civilians and medical professionals under siege.
The timing of the convoy was planned to coincide with the visit of US President to the region, in order to convey the message to decision-makers, that no peace process can be successful if Gaza is not included, and if the rights of its residents are not safeguarded.
The broader context of the convoy is Israeli policy at Erez Crossing, which has increasingly denied access to care of hundreds of patients in need of treatment unavailable in the , thus jeopardizing their lives and health.
The most recent stage of this policy was a ruling yesterday by three Israeli High Court Judges following which 8 out of 15 urgent life-threatening cases represented by a PHR-Israel petition (see link <http://www.phr.org.il/phr/article.asp?articleid=516&catid=55&pcat=-1&lang=ENG>) have been denied access to life-saving care outside . Despite a previous High Court Ruling that stipulated that patients with security prohibitions should be ensured alternative routes of access to care, the Court refused to compel the State to ensure passage to the patients. without any hope of redress
For further details on the High Court Ruling see link <http://www.phr.org.il/phr/article.asp?articleid=529&catid=55&pcat=-1&lang=ENG>. The only possibility for the patients now is international pressure and media coverage.
What you can do:
- Write to other Israeli policy makers. This is the fax number of the head of the Israeli secret service, GSS (Shabac), Mr. Yuval Diskin: 00 972 3 6428175. This is the email of the Public Affairs Department of the Israeli Prime Ministers Office:
- Write to the Israeli embassy in your country.
- Forward this message to individuals and organizations worldwide, protesting the isolation of and the denial of access to medical care and other basic rights.
- Write to your local medical association and ask them to bring the subject to discussion at the World Medical Association.
For a full list of the patients and their conditions please contact Miri Weingarten at
> or 00973546995199, or Libby Lenkinski Friedlander at >